Tales from the Sea Garden

Tales from The Sea Garden

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Thursday, 11 October 2018

 Always keen to promote other designer-makers with their own businesses it was lovely the other day to meet Josie, who runs a vintage clothes shop in Penryn called 'Out of the Closet'.
 There was a nice selection of interesting pieces to choose from; I came away with a jumper, a cardigan and a fabulous 50's dress in dusky pink silk, with Princess pleats round the waist.

 (The previous owner of the cardigan had obviously washed it at slightly too high a temperature and the wool has shrunk a bit and felted, but that's what I like about it!)

Wednesday, 26 September 2018

A glorious day. The promise of a beautiful still evening. After closing the shop I decided to drive up to Chapel Porth on the North coast to cook supper in the van and watch the sun setting over the sea.

 The tide was in and waves were crashing on the rocks. There is an energy to the sea on the North coast that seems absent on the South, except during storm conditions. Watching the waves like this makes my heart dance.

This is the view of the cove as I sat in the van cooking my fish supper. Not another person in sight. Gradually the golden light faded until I could no longer see the sea. But I could still hear it. The sound of the sea after dark seems amplified in proportion to one's diminished sense of sight. It is a continuous low thundering pounding heartbeat of remorseless energy. And I love it. x

Saturday, 18 August 2018

Shop Update

 A bowl of beautiful shells in the window of the Sea garden today.
 A selection of my dyed sheets and fabrics in soft greys and palest blue
I love it when colours come together; these Romanian pottery bowls echo the painted stripes of the reclaimed wood vases/pots by Jacques Cabin furniture.
The tripod lamp bases are made from the staves of old beer and whisky barrels!

A pair of 19th C French chairs stripped back, with one of Gil Fox's lovely sunhats and a 1930's parasol
Embroidered linen purses and brooches by Louise Nichols
and one of my vintage fabric cushions.
More chairs outside...

 Handmade driftwood and clay gulls
Jewellery I make with recycled glass beads
Peter Swanson pottery and a felted scarf by Alison Dupernex
 Portscatho plays host to its annual regatta next Saturday ( I can't believe it's that time of year again already). Always an enjoyable day so if you're in Cornwall over the Bank Holiday come on over and join the party!

Monday, 13 August 2018

Expedition to the Fern Pit Cafe

There is a side to Newquay that few visitors bother to explore: the tidal estuary of the River Gannel. On the northern side, houses and gardens jostle for position down the steep sided slopes all the way to the shoreline, but the southern side is just fields and woods, quiet lanes and wild meadows.
Mum and I set off at low tide to walk the length of the estuary from the muddy banks upriver all the way down to Crantock Beach and the sea. Wild honeysuckle grows abundantly along the shoreline.
A sandy beach with a swing and ropes to swing on...... a place for children to be wild again away from modern technology.
Glasswort covers the muddy banks, and the skeletal branches of bleached trees reach their fingers into the water.

There is wild dog rose and elderflower.

Another secret, hidden place for children to play, and wild meadows full of butterflies and bees.
As we approach Crantock Beach we can see that the tide is still covering the little bridge over to the other side where the Fern Pit Cafe stands squarely at the top of its steeply sloping garden. We shall have to catch the attention of the ferry boatman to take us across.
Up till now the rain has just about held off, but as we reach Fern Pit Cafe at the top of the steep flights of steps it starts spitting, so we head indoors for our crab sandwich lunchtime treat.
The misty murky conditions are not the best for showing you the fantastic view back up-river!

The tide is still covering the footbridge so it's back on the ferry to the other side to walk back home again. A fun expedition all in all, I'm sure you'll agree!

Sunday, 20 May 2018

Lovely days.....

 This dry warm weather is just lovely at the moment. I took one of my favourite walks yesterday to Towan Beach and followed the headland round to Porthbeor, taking in the views along the way.

The hedgerows are brimming with frothy cow parsley, red campions, bluebells, buttercups and stitchwort. I've been picking jugfuls of cow parsley to set outside the shop; it matches the delicate green and white upholstery on this chair perfectly!

 I have quite a selection of dyed French linen smocks for sale, and Patsy has been making beautiful pieces too, like this blouse made from 1950's pink seersucker using a vintage pattern. She has put delicate white piping around the Peter Pan collar and down the button front.

 An old baby dress that I've dyed dusky pink, and one of Wendy's little baby bonnets with a hand-stitched boat on the side.......